2022 COOPER FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Cougars set goals high for first year in Class 5A DII

There’s good news and bad news for the Cooper Cougars in 2022.

The bad news is they graduated 29 of the 49 lettermen from last year’s 6-5 team and will have to replace a number of key players on both sides of the ball. The good news, though, is their district schedule and path to a deep playoff run just got considerably easier with a move to Class 5A Division II.

The 24th-ranked Cougars will still have to contend in District 2-5A DII with quality teams from Wichita Falls Rider (ranked No. 7 in 5A DII by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football) and Wylie, but a 16th consecutive playoff berth is there for the taking in a six-team league that features struggling squads from Amarillo Palo Duro, Plainview and Lubbock High. And if CHS can nab a top-two playoff seed out of its district, history suggests the Coogs could be playing deep into November or beyond.

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